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Graffiti

Prosecutions and legal action

Reporting graffiti

What happens next?

How soon will graffiti be removed?

Graffiti refers to any drawings, scribbles, messages or tags that are painted, written or carved on walls and other surfaces. It creates a negative impression of an area and is illegal.

Prosecutions and legal action

Graffiti is an environmental crime. The law allows our Neighbourhood Wardens to give anyone seen doing graffiti an on the spot fine called a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). If you are prosecuted in court for graffiti you could receive a substantial fine or even a prison term.

Reporting graffiti

If you see someone writing or painting graffiti, do not approach them they could be dangerous. Instead, make a note of what you remember about the incident and report it to us.

What happens next?

We will remove graffiti on public land and property. Graffiti on private property should be removed by the owner of the land or the property that it is on.

How soon will we remove graffiti?

We aim to resolve reported issues within two working days. If the graffiti is offensive it will be removed within 24 hours of it being reported.

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